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Knapp Uses RFID in Package Sortation and Sequencing Solution

Knapp, an Austrian firm specializing in warehouse automation and logistics, has developed an RFID-based conveyor system for sorting and packing goods in a specified sequence. The solution ensures that items can be placed within boxes in the correct order"”for instance, with the heaviest products on the bottom"”and that packages can be loaded onto trucks in a particular sequence, so they can be unloaded easily at various stops along a delivery route. At present, the system is being installed at a warehouse operated by Olymp, a German manufacturer of men's shirts.

To create its Pick-it-Easy Pocket solution, Knapp outfitted its hanging conveyor with a radio frequency identification tag on each of the conveyor's roll adapters"”ring-shaped receptacles from which objects being conveyed are hung. A cloth bag, designed to hold almost any sort of merchandise, is attached to each roll adapter. The Pick-it-Easy Pocket system can comprise several thousand tagged roll adapters, depending on its size, each containing a passive 13.56 MHz RFID plastic-encased tag conforming to the ISO 15692 standard.

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To create its Pick-it-Easy Pocket solution, Knapp outfitted its hanging conveyor with a radio frequency identification tag on each of the conveyor's roll adapters"”ring-shaped receptacles from which objects being conveyed are hung. A cloth bag, designed to hold almost any sort of merchandise, is attached to each roll adapter. The Pick-it-Easy Pocket system can comprise several thousand tagged roll adapters, depending on its size, each containing a passive 13.56 MHz RFID plastic-encased tag conforming to the ISO 15692 standard.

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